About Pinjore Gardens
The Pinjore Gardens in Haryana are also called as Yadavindra Gardens. Lose yourself in the lush greenery of the Pinjore Gardens. Witness the thriving green lawns and embrace the beauty of nature. The cascading waterfalls and murmuring watercourses vibrate in the atmosphere, awakening your inner soul. The arches and balconies stand erect to welcome you. The Pinjore Gardens are carefully planned and etched into existence. All you have to do is board the Pinjore Gardens Heritage train and explore the beauty on this memorable journey. These gardens are a fusion of monuments, gardens, and fountains laid out across 100 acres of land to provide 100 percent peace. The ambiance is perfect for you to unwind and relax with your loved ones. It is a retreat that surely will leave you bewitched and captivated by the end of your journey!
The history of Pinjore Gardens is quite fascinating. It was built by the architect Mujaffar Hussain who was also known as Nawab Fidai Khan Koka. He was also one of Aurangzeb’s foster brothers. The exact year of construction is unknown but according to historical sources, this garden was built during the early reign days of Aurangzeb. This garden was designed to be the summer retreat for the royal family. However, Fadai Khan never got the chance to relish in the beauty of these gardens. Pinjore gardens behold a tale of cunning wit. The rajas felt threatened by the Mughal emperor’s reign and they decided to deceive Fadai Khan.
Pinjore was located at the foothills of the Himalayas. The gardeners and poor people suffered from goiter. The rajas presented these people as the inhabitants of Pinjore that horrified Fadai Khan. The severity of the disease was blamed upon the air and water of Pinjore. Horrified by the disease, Mughals fled away from this beautiful garden. A brilliant stratagem was employed by the rajas to protect their territories from the invading Mughals.
In the year 1775, this garden was bought by Amar Singh who was the King of Patiala. Maharaja Yadavindra Singh restored this garden to its former glory. The overgrown garden was trimmed and modified and in his memory and honor, this garden was renamed as Yadavindra Gardens.
Pinjore Gardens Architecture
Pinjore Gardens are built in the typical Mughal style. The garden is adorned with imposing pavilions and fountains. Seven terraces descend creating a magical sight. The first terrace comprises the majestic Sheesh Mahal which is also known as the palace of glass and the Jal Mahal. The second terrace is abode to the Rang Mahal. Together these three palaces serve as summer havens.
The other Pinjore terraces are sprawled with the elegant fountains, tree groves, and flowerbeds. The lowest terrace encompasses a disc-shaped open-air theatre. Together all these elements shape up the beauty of the Pinjore Gardens.
The excellent architectural design rivals the beauty of the legendary Shalimar Gardens of Srinagar!
Festivals at Pinjore Gardens
Pinjore Baisakhi Festival
Baisakhi festival is celebrated with great vigor to mark the harvest season’s arrival. You can witness people adorned in vibrant apparel and jewelry during this festival at Pinjore Gardens. Enjoy the authenticity of the local cuisine and shop handlooms and handicrafts at the Crafts Bazaar. Immerse in the cultural programs organized to mark the festival!
Pinjore Mango Fair
It is a two-days mango fair organized on the second weekend of July. This festival is celebrated to exhibit India’s status as the world’s largest producer and supplier of mangoes. Hundreds of luscious varieties of mangoes across India are brought in to be a part of this festival. This fair is a grand festival that encompasses folk dances and songs, delicious cuisine, and competitions to promote the culture of India. What more do we need?
Pinjore Heritage Festival
It is a winter festival held in the last week of December for a duration of two days. Join this event if you want to experience the exquisite culture of India. This festival is also a fusion of cultural performances and food courts. The Pinjore Gardens are decorated with cutouts and illumination. This event is a boon for culture fanatics indeed!
Fountain and Light show
Experience the glow of the gardens under the night sky. The Fountain and Light Show is the reason why we suggest you explore this place on the weekends. These beautiful gardens that are abode to numerous fountains and green trees and shrubs are illuminated by the Haryana Tourism Department.
Pinjore Gardens Entry Fee and Timings
The entry fee is about INR 20 for people above the age of 3.
Pinjore Gardens is open on all days of the week from 7 in the morning up to 10 in the night.
Best time to visit
The best time to explore the beauty of these gardens is from February to April and September to December. The gardens are filled with the fragrance of blooming flowers and the lush greenery is going to be a visual delight and these months are also witness to many festivals that you can be a part of.
Weekends are the ideal time to visit these gardens.
How to reach Pinjore Gardens?
Pinjore gardens are located in Pinjore city, Panchkula district in Haryana. The Pinjore Gardens are quite accessible and well connected. Pinjore Gardens is located just 22 kilometers from Chandigarh.
By Air: The nearest major airport would be Chandigarh Airport (IXC) which is 33 kilometers away from this majestic garden.
By Train: Taksal Railway Station (TSL) is the nearest railway station with just 15 kilometers to cover. However, this railway station’s connectivity is quite limited.
Chandigarh Railway Station (CDG) is the best choice for tourists who visit this place from different places in India and you know what? This railway station is conveniently located at a distance of 16 kilometers from Pinjore Gardens.
By road: Any private taxis or state-owned transportation can be availed to reach this destination. It is around 24 kilometers away from Chandigarh and 93 kilometers from the tourist destination of Shimla.
The Pinjore gardens represent the lush greenery of Bharat. Pinjore Gardens is truly an example of skillful planning, treasurer of opulent history, and a destination that would enrich you like experiences.